I feel like Independence Day is the pinnacle holiday of the summer. You see, Memorial Day kick starts the summer season at the end of May; and Labor Day concludes the festivities at the start of September… and in between it all is the very fun and patriotic themed 4th of July!!

Which.. have you ever gotten sort of tongue tied trying to wish someone a good holiday? “Have a good fourth of Indpenden… er… grool.”

Either way, as a kid, I didn’t particularly like the 4th of July – it was hot, no one got presents, and I didn’t like the color scheme… it’s not very flattering for my skin tone. But now that I’m older, when you are given a reason to celebrate and get a day off – you sure as hell get excited about it & find some trendy, chic ways to wear that red, white and blue, stars and stripes and anything and everything else that will make you look patriotic AF!

Easiest way – simply incorporate the colors, Red, White and Blue into your accessories. Meaning busting out a pretty red nail polish like Ruby Ruby by Sinful Colors (even better – it’s a steal at $1.99!) or Blanc by Essie like pictured above. Or even easier is popping on a bright, ruby red lipstick. I really feel like a red lipstick not only looks classic, but reminds me of Old Hollywood Glamour, which guys – Hollywood is SO Americana! Try this one by Anastasia Beverly Hills – American Doll. With the reflective lens trend still sticking around, a bright blue reflective lens like these by Quay  (similar ones linked) can complete your All American Girl look.

Next, hop on over to Old Navy or Target. GUARANTEED to find some nationalistic threads.

Hat from Old Navy, swimsuit top – reversible, by the way!! – from Target. Bought an oversized men’s cotton button up from a thrift store for $3 as a cover up. God Bless America!

If being over the top patriotic is not your thing, opt for the following things :

  • red stripes
  • blue stripes
  • red accents
  • blue accents
  • white accents
  • denim
  • white sneakers
  • nude, beige or even gold shoes, bags, jewelry, belts, etc

Earrings – Free People | Top – Zara | Skirt – Gap | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Target

Dress – Stitch Fix | Bag – Amazon Fashion | Shoes – Steve Madden

I can’t wait to party like it’s 1776! Hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

 

xoxo

The Glam Greek

I think this year’s Independence Day is different than year’s past… considering the state of political affairs, people are taking the time to consider what it means to be an American. Regardless of what everyone is hung up on, Independence Day always brings back a small tinge of patriotism that momentarily brings us all back together.

And it gives us a damn good reason to celebrate!

I love nothing more than a good reason to dress up (I mean, a better reason than that it’s a Tuesday), and I love it especially more when I’m already given a color palette to work with!

I’m obsessed with wearing overalls as a swim suit cover up. It’s a great way to show off your suit a little while remaining somewhat modest especially if your one piece is guising itself as a bodysuit! ‘Cause you gotta keep it classy. I’m also obsessed with this red swimsuit from Asos – it makes me feel so Baywatch – which is a GREAT American show. Making it super patriotic. (lollzzzz)

Lips :: “American Doll” Anastasia Beverly Hills

 

Something about pin up beauty makes me think classic American. It’s vintage, chic and flirty. In a previous post, you learned how much I love pairing sneakers with anything – and one of my favorite pairings for sneakers is a flirty skater dress like this one from Forever 21 [similar one here). Add a red paisley bandana, a classic red lip and vintage inspired sunglasses (like these from Quay Australia) for your Americana look.

Lips :: “Feel So Grand” MAC

Lucky for us, our “red-white-&-blue” is the same color scheme for the uber classic & chic nautical look. And this navy blue  jumpsuit is classy AF! I’d never had any luck with this style before, but I’m LOVING this one. I definitely recommend a belt to enhance the shape of the suit. Add a red lip & red clutch and you’re good to go. Oh – by the way, did you notice how easy it is to dress this jumpsuit up or down depending on the shoe choice? (I LIVE for a versatile clothing piece!) This is definitely helpful as this was the first time wearing heels since my knee freaked out on me and I don’t know how I felt about it.

What are you wearing to your Fourth of July festivities? Dressing up or dressing down? I plan on dressing down in shorts & sneakers to watch fireworks with my niece 🙂

xoxo

The Glam Greek

*title references Chapter One of Nicholas Gage’s Eleni*

“Their courage nerves a thousand living men”

– Minot J. Savage

People get the call to do many incredible things in life that are bigger than them; teachers, priests/preachers, doctors, those in monastic life, and soldiers, just to name a few. There are those that despite imminent sacrifices, know they will heal the sick, will spread His word, will help to mold the minds of our next generations, and will possibly lose their life for their country. When someone decides to leave the comforts of civilian life and become property of their government, they chose to serve others in a way we could never imagine. They are choosing possible aftereffects of being in and seeing war, they are choosing to remove themselves from milestones in their own family’s lives to put themselves on the front lines so that others can enjoy being a free civilian, so that others will not have to suffer as they do, so that their families can enjoy important milestones.

There are a handful of holidays on our calendar that seem a little frivolous to me – used as a tool by the greeting card or beer companies so that we throw parties and spend senseless amounts of money. But the reason behind the holidays can’t be ignored. Take Mother’s Day for example, we all come from the womb of our mothers, she raises us despite any hardship and we give her only one day of thanks on the calendar. Same goes to the fallen heroes of our country. I don’t know how to say thank you enough to the men and women who decide to take that path, and often times give everything they have, right to their very last breath, to a much larger purpose in life – to serve others and their country.

We spend this long weekend, usually the kick-off to the summer season, barbecuing, sun-bathing, enjoying time with our families – which is exactly what I was blessed to do this weekend, without spending too much longer than a moment of silence for those that have lost their lives preserving this very right for celebration. On our way home from the beach, I had ample amount of time to reflect and became very inspired…

FACE
BASE || UD Naked Foundation (7.0), MAC Prolongwear Concealer (NC42), MUFE Duo Mat Powder (207)
HIGHLIGHT || Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (Neutralizer), Kat Von D Shade + Light Palette (Lucio & Lyrie)
CONTOUR || KVD Shade + Light (sombre, shadowplay & subconscious)
CHEEK || MAC MSF (cheeky bronze) for blush, Milani Runway Eyeshadow (golden touch) on cheekbones

LIPS
Dose of Colors “Scarlet Lace”

EYES
BROWS || ABH Dipbrow (chocolate)
BROW BONE || MAC “Blanc Type”
CREASE || MUG “Peach Smoothie”, “Neptune” & “Nautica” + Juvia’s Place “Chi” + Colourpop “Too Shy” + MAC “Contrast”
LID || MAC “Amber Lights” + “All that Glitters”
INNER CORNER || MAC “Gesso”
STARS & WHITE STRIPES || Limecrime “Lunar Sea” [d/c] RED STRIPES || Dose of Colors “Scarlet Lace”
LASHES || Lashes in a Box “E1”

Thank you to the brave everyday, for preserving the land of the free.

xoxo
The Glam Greek